Dancing Naked (And Other Tales of Public Shame)

I can't believe two weeks have passed since our weekend trip to the Oregon coast. It's amazing, really, how quickly this entire year has flown by. Seems like just yesterday Tara and I were ushering in the new year at the Bristlecone Pine Convention Center in Ely, Nevada. Tomorrow night, we'll be ushering in another … Continue reading Dancing Naked (And Other Tales of Public Shame)

I Wish Every Day Was Christmas

Yesterday, I returned to the world of ears, noses and throats after six days off. Even though I love my job and am doing what I've always wanted to do, it was still hard to go back to work after such a nice holiday break. That's always the case though, isn't it? The longer you … Continue reading I Wish Every Day Was Christmas

Season’s Eatings

Hope your holidays were a blast! I'll be writing about mine in a day or two. But first I wanted to make a big announcement. Nobody got hitched and there are no buns in the oven, so relax there, pardners. But I've teased you for awhile now with this top-secret project. Over there, to the … Continue reading Season’s Eatings

It’s Hard Not To Feel Lucky

You are so lucky.  This thought crossed my mind yesterday morning. Ironically, it was six years to the day that my divorce became final. It's been a long time since I felt truly lucky. I've been happy for a while now. Ever since Tara came into my life. But lucky? Not so much. It's hard … Continue reading It’s Hard Not To Feel Lucky

Should’ve Had The Crab Cakes

Saturday night, I was perusing the menu at Pier 101, a nice seafood restaurant in Lincoln City, Oregon. I was starting to get irritated, because there were too many delicious-sounding dishes to choose from. Don't get me wrong, options are great; in school, multiple-choice quizzes were always my favorite. But when it comes to ordering … Continue reading Should’ve Had The Crab Cakes

Playing Doctor

If there’s one interesting thing about working as a copywriter for a medical company, it is this: my knowledge of certain medical conditions is growing by leaps and bounds. A couple of weeks ago, I barely knew a sneeze from a sniffle. Now, I can discuss otalgia until the cows come home, and hold my … Continue reading Playing Doctor

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like (Tara’s in the Mood for) Christmas

A funny thing happened this year. My girlfriend came down with a serious case of Christmas spirit. Me? I always feel festive during the holiday season. I eat this jingle bells shit up. Way back in July, we were sitting outside on the patio, playing cribbage and enjoying an adult beverage, when I noticed that … Continue reading It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like (Tara’s in the Mood for) Christmas

Breakfast of Champions…?

I work with an interesting group of people at my new job. There are three graphics designers who sit in the room opposite ours (by “ours” I mean me and two web developers). We share a “window” with graphics – really just a pair of rectangles cut into the wall – so conversations are anything … Continue reading Breakfast of Champions…?

Smaller And Better Things

Last night, when the kids came back from their mother's house for the week, I was telling them about my new job. "I start tomorrow!" I declared excitedly. To which Audrey replied, "Does that mean you're unemployed right now?" Hmm. I hadn't thought about it that way, but realized that - technically, at least - … Continue reading Smaller And Better Things